This week we revealed the best new house in the UK

This week on Dezeen, a polycarbonate London home modelled on a riad was named the Royal Institute of British Architects’ House of the Year for 2023.

The House of the Year prize – which is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the best one-off, architect-designed house in the UK – went to Green House in Tottenham, London.

The home was designed by architecture studio Hayhurst & Co, which slotted it into a tight site in an alleyway. The “green oasis” features plenty of greenery and has a facade with sliding polycarbonate screens.

Peach Fuzz
“Compassionate and nurturing” Peach Fuzz was named Pantone Colour of the Year

Colour specialist Pantone announced a subtle orangey hue called Peach Fuzz as its colour of the year this week. According to Pantone, the pale hue was chosen to express a yearning for community and cosiness during uncertain times.

“Peach Fuzz is a compassionate and nurturing soft peach shade whose heartfelt kindness and all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body and soul,” said the institute’s vice president Laurie Pressman.

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla’s Cybertruck was launched

Miami art week began this week and we reported on a number of projects being shown as part of the design event. In the Miami Design District, Tesla unveiled its angular stainless-steel Cybertruck. The controversial design is now available in showrooms.

Another car design seen at the event was designer Marjan van Aubel’s “interpretation” of an electric Lexus model created using a series of multicoloured, illuminated photovoltaic sheets.

Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Frank Gehry showcased handbags designed for fashion house Louis Vuitton in Miami, including bags that were informed by his Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Pop Culture.

Christian Louboutin portrait by Jose Castellar
We interviewed Christian Louboutin

This week also saw Dezeen’s digital editor Rupert Bickersteth interview French shoe designer Christian Louboutin about his work.

The designer shared his belief that it’s “fine to be useless,” adding: “You sort of have to be perseverant. And when you are believing in something, you have to go for it.”

We also featured the designer’s latest project, a 13-room boutique hotel in Portugal that was “designed at the scale of the hand”.

Houses designed by Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban unveiled a Maldives resort

In architecture news, this week saw the unveiling of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s design for the Infinite Maldives resort, which will feature rows of timber houses on the water that will surround landscaped gardens.

Architecture studio Foster + Partners also revealed one of its upcoming designs, a mixed-use development in Miami, Florida, that will reference the state’s “vernacular architecture” and be located on the Lincoln Road shopping street.

Hush pods designed by Freyja Sewell
 Freyja Sewell wrote an opinion on pods

In an opinion piece this week, artist and designer Freyja Sewell argued that the pod has become a standard part of open-plan interior landscapes, something she believes can be tied to our need for privacy.

“After all, privacy has become an even more elusive and rare condition, with pervasive CCTV, the rise of open-plan offices and the pressure to record and share almost every moment through the ubiquitous camera phone,” Sewell said.

Community centre in Bangalore by A Threshold
A community centre was one of this week’s most read projects

Popular project stories on Dezeen this week included a community centre in India disguised as “ancient ruins”, a renovation of a London home that was designed to create a “country house in miniature” and a duo of sculptural pavilions in the Chilean countryside.

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